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From there Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pens defense would do enough. It’s Fleury’s first shutout since Game 2 vs. the Montreal Candiens in the playoffs on May 4th and his first regular-season shutout since March 18th against the Boston Bruins.
Some other thoughts:
-Crosby made the play on the game’s only goal, but he also only won 10 of 27 faceoffs against one of the league’s best teams in the circle in Buffalo. Uncharacterstically, Craig Adams won 10 of 13 draws, so you take what you can get.
-Marc-Andre Fleury was solid. 30 saves on 30 shots. Can’t do any better than that. Fleury has played all the recent games, going 6-0-1 since November 12th. It’s safe to say he’s shaken his early season troubles and is on top of his game.
-On the “Dad’s trip” the Pens are now 7-3 since GM Ray Shero started it, and they’re 4-0 under coach Dan Bylsma. Bylsma takes the un-professional approach of letting all healthy players get in the games, which is why Mike Comrie was in tonight (and did nothing on a game-low 8:00 played) and Eric Godard was in last game. It’s nice to see the Pens be first class and let everyone in the lineup. It’s better to see it hasn’t hurt them in the games.
-But now, where does Comrie stand? He got a couple shifts in with Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and he didn’t really show any reason he belongs in the lineup when the fathers leave. When Jordan Staal comes back in a few weeks, does Comrie have a spot with the Penguins? Right now it doesn’t look that way.
-Speaking of Staal, who would have thought the Pens' penalty kill would be among the league’s leaders without him? Not many. But they are. Tonight they answered the call all three times and props must be given to Fleury, Adams, Matt Cooke, Maxime Talbot, Pascal Dupuis, Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang and Paul Martin, who are more than holding it down. When the other team gets the man advantage, they just aren’t scoring. And that’s a huge feather in the cap. Especially when you win 1-0.
-Letang is one of the leading scorers among defensemen this season, and though he didn’t record a point, he was a huge factor. ‘Tang led all Pens skaters with 26:04 played, registered six shots on goal (with six more blocked/missed net) and got two hits. Letang is a certified all-star at this point at all ends of the ice.
-Martin continues to assimilate into the Pens lineup; 22:55 played with major minutes in all situations, a game high six blocked shots and two shots of his own on goal.
-The Pens complete a perfect 2-0 on their father’s trip, and are now 6-0-1 in their last seven. Fleury’s in the groove, Crosby has a ten game point streak and all is right in Penguins world. There’s no rest though, as the boys get Turkey day off before playing two matinee games on Friday (vs Ottawa) and Saturday (vs. Calgary).
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The Penguins have won their last three games and Dan Bylsma's club has a chance tonight to match the run they put together from Oct. 15-21. Pittsburgh also enters this evening having gone six straight without a regulation loss, posting a 5-0-1 record over that span.
Pittsburgh was in action Monday night and used a third-period goal by Chris Conner to record a 3-2 victory in Florida.
With the score tied in the third, Pittsburgh took the lead with 7:04 left. Mark Letestu was covered well by the defense but still managed to send a backhand pass to the front, where Conner wristed it home.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves in the victory.
"I thought we played well in the first and they were better in the second, third was 50-50," said Crosby. "We came up with some big penalty kills to keep us in it and Marc made the saves that kept us in it."
Fleury made his sixth consecutive start. It's unclear if Fleury will get his seventh start in a row tonight or if Bylsma will go with backup Brent Johnson, who is 6-2-1 on the year but hasn't played since giving up six goals in a loss to Boston on Nov. 10. That setback against the Bruins was Pittsburgh's last regulation loss.
Pittsburgh has also won three straight on the road and is 7-3-1 away from the Steel City this season.
The Sabres, meanwhile, are just 3-7-1 on home ice this season and the club has split the first two tilts of a four-game homestand. Buffalo began the residency with a 4-2 decision over Los Angeles on Friday, but the Sabres were dealt a loss by Tampa Bay the following night.
Adam Hall's second-period goal off netminder Patrick Lalime's misplay of the puck was good enough to lift the Lightning past Buffalo, 2-1. Thomas Vanek had the lone goal and Lalime recorded 20 saves for the Sabres, who have dropped two of their last three games.
Tampa Bay got the eventual game-winning goal with 8:34 left in the second, when Lalime tried to clear a dumped puck but miss-played it. Hall swiped the puck away near the left face off circle and wristed it past the recovering goaltender.
"Mistakes will happen," Sabres forward Jason Pominville said of the game- winning goal. "[Lalime] played well. He kept us in the game. He made the saves he needed to and it comes down to us. We got just one goal and you're not going to win many games if you just score one."
Lalime earned the start after No. 1 netminder Ryan Miller was scratched with a groin injury. Jhonas Enroth served as the backup to Lalime on Saturday, but has been sent back down to Portland in the AHL. That roster move means Miller should at least be able to back up Lalime tonight, if not start the game himself.
Vanek enters tonight's game riding a seven-game point streak. He has four goals and six assists during the run.
The Penguins won three of four against Buffalo last season and Pittsburgh has taken nine of 12 overall in the series. The Sabres have also dropped five of their last seven home games against the Pens.